A 37-member accreditation team from the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Abuja was at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, Anambra State on a five-day quality assurance as well as assessment of facilities, academic programmes and appraisal of the teaching staff to ensure quality service delivery in line with aim of establishment of the College.
Speaking at the opening ceremony held at the permanent site of the College, the team leader, Dr. Vitalis Uji, stated that the team made up of experts drawn from different professions across all the geo-political zones of the country were in the college to assess the standard of each academic department with a view to accrediting the courses that met the required standard and deny those that fell below the requirements for accreditation.
Uji, who spoke on behalf of the team, said that they will ensure a quality exercise, even as he described their visit as a normal exercise being carried out periodically in all colleges of education across the country.
He noted that their assignment was to sustain quality assurance in the system, while their terms of reference include assessment of the quality of students and the lecturers. “We are here as part of our mandate to also interact and assess members of academic staff, their ranking, rating and qualifications. The act establishing NCCE requires that every NCE programme running in the colleges should be accredited and certified to be of acceptable minimum standards for it to be operational. Therefore, it is illegal and criminal to run NCE programmes that are not accredited or whose accreditation statuses have expired.’’ He asserted
While welcoming the NCCE team to the college, the Provost, Prof. Josephat Okechukwu Ogbuagu, mni, noted that the exercise is in line with the directive of NCCE, which according to him; academic programmes are to be regularly accredited to ensure quality in NCE awarding institutions in the production of teachers for Basic Education in Nigeria. “As new academic programmes are presented for initial accreditation, older programmes are re-accredited for maintenance of high academic standards in institutions. The last Accreditation exercise for NCE programme of the College- took place in 2011. This College is presenting for the 2016 accreditation exercise, seven (7) new programmes and sixteen (16) old programmes for initial and re-accreditation visits respectively.” He mentioned.
The Provost, however, assured the team that the management would provide necessary logistics for them to move round the campuses in order to inspect the facilities in the various schools and departments. He expressed optimism that the accreditation exercise will further foster a healthy system, “It is our belief that the NCCE team and the seasoned panelists will, in this exercise, bring up results that will further help the College boost her areas of strength and work on weaker areas for improvement. That way the objective of the accreditation exercise would have been achieved for academic and administrative growth of the institution.” He said